Oil & Gas Training Courses For Students

Your Online Oil and Gas Training Program Starts Today!

At TOP Energy Training, we want to make it easier for high school and university students to gain a solid foundation of industry fundamentals and distinguish their future college and/or employment applications - allowing them to rise to the top. Students who go the extra mile to gain next-level knowledge of the latest advancements in science, engineering, and technology related to the oil and gas industry will be seen as providing extra human capital value to their future university or employer. Our goal is to efficiently provide students with a better understanding of geology, drilling and production technology, emerging technical issues, and environmental advancements. Allow us to help you set yourself apart in the competitive oil and gas job market! 

High-Quality Oil & Gas Industry Courses Created With Collaboration

A Consortium of Top-Ranked Schools

TOP Energy Training believes that collaboration provides the highest quality, most informed, online oil and gas curriculum to high school and college students. Our emphasis on collaboration led to the formation of an educational consortium made up of Colorado School of Mines, Penn State University, and The University of Texas at Austin. With our combined resources and expertise, we design and create online training courses for aspiring oil and gas professionals, focusing on the fundamental technology, science, and engineering of oil and gas operations.


Subject Matter Experts with Direct Experience in the Oil & Gas Industry

Oil and gas industry fundamentals are complex and rarely taught at the high school level. And many university programs could benefit from incorporating a broad, engaging, and integrated curriculum in oil and gas technology for their students. For these reasons, we set out to design courses that break down the technical subject matter into understandable concepts delivered through a state-of-the-art teaching platform. TOP Energy’s online courses are led by faculty and other subject matter experts from Penn State University, Colorado School of Mines, and The University of Texas at Austin. The content focuses on science, engineering, and technology, and teaches current technical solutions applied in the field. The course does not advocate any public policy position, and therefore provides an unbiased source of information.

Why Should Students & Instructors Choose TOP Energy Training?

High school or college-level students and instructors looking for a broader understanding of the oil and gas industry will enjoy TOP Energy’s engaging, up-to-date curriculum presented in a user-friendly and interactive e-learning platform that can be taken at your own pace.

High School Students

Are you thinking about a career in the oil and gas industry? Our self-paced, engaging online training courses provide an excellent introductory view of a very exciting and ever-changing industry. High school students looking to increase their STEM education or add extra challenges to their existing coursework can use our online courses to augment and/or enhance their high school’s existing curriculum, as well as boost their high school resume for college applications. 

High School Teachers

TOP Energy Training courses help teachers go beyond the classroom and integrate technology applications into their curriculum. Our platform allows teachers to illustrate how engineers continuously modify technological systems by applying scientific knowledge and engineering design practices to increase benefits while decreasing costs and risks.

We understand that as an instructor, you look for engaging online textbooks that enable you to broaden the expertise your students are exposed to beyond your specific content areas. Our online courses can serve as textbooks or supplemental instructional material for advanced level high school courses in petroleum-related topics (e.g., earth sciences, petroleum technology, or environmental science). Subject matter experts — from both industry and university settings — deliver the STEM driven curriculum in an unbiased, science-based manner that not only gives high school students a better understanding of the oil and gas industry but provides a broad overview of career opportunities as well.

University Students

There is no better time to join the oil and natural gas industry than right now. With a hot industry comes competition. Get ahead of the competition in the job market and become a better employee with TOP Energy’s online training courses, which provide a holistic view of the energy industry and prepare you for a career in the oil and gas industry. Students in the various energy fields can anticipate learning outcomes that provide a broad, fundamental background in petroleum science, engineering, and technology. Students in allied fields will be well prepared for future careers in the energy sector.

University Faculty and Instructors

At TOP Energy, we believe that a well-educated oil and gas professional produces better stewardship of these resources, our environment, and public health throughout the world. Sometimes that means expanding access to subject matter experts and course materials for your students. Our training program is led by faculty and other subject matter experts from Penn State University, Colorado School of Mines, and The University of Texas at Austin. The course content, which can be customized for course textbook or supplemental instructional material, focuses on science, engineering, and technology, and teaches current technical solutions applied in the field. The courses do not advocate any public policy position, and can therefore provide an unbiased source of knowledge by those developing technical solutions. We offer multiple modalities of instruction for all learners.

Users of TOP Energy Training online modules include:

  • Colorado Mesa University, Landman Energy Management Program
  • Colorado School of Mines, Petroleum Engineering Department
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Hildebrand Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering Dept.
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Law School

Contact Us / Sign Up

Teachers and instructors, contact us to find out how you can get a significantly discounted subscription to all of our course materials for your matriculating students. 


Check out Our Free Online Content

As part of our outreach program, we make some of our content available to the general public for use within an educational context. This publicly available content showcases the quality, diversity, and technical insight of our learning assets. Check out our free drilling interactive where students can explore the machinery and equipment encountered at a drill site. View one of our short educational videos that explains the historical use of torpedos to fracture rock surrounding an oil well to increase flow in the early days of the petroleum industry.

Check out Our Free Webinars

As part of our TOPCORP program, TOP Energy produces free webinars on topics of particular interest to the regulatory community. Many of these webinars are appropriate for educational purposes within a high school or university curriculum. Below, we list a few of these free webinars from those available on our YouTube Channel.

Water Tests & Interpretation

Bryan Swistock, Water Resource Specialist from Penn State University, discusses water testing and water test interpretation. This presentation was delivered on May 7, 2020, as part of the TOPCORP online webinar series.

Basic Soil Reclamation & Site Re-establishment

Justin Brackenrich, Agronomist from Penn State Extension, explains basic soil reclamation and site re-establishment. He discusses soil profiles, textures, acidity, compaction and more! This presentation was delivered on April 30, 2020, as part of the TOPCORP online webinar series.

Images: “Gas injection, storage and extraction” by Oleg - F via Shutterstock.com

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